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PGSS Aerostate

Persistent Surveillance Systems


One of NASC’s principal area of expertise lies in Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) as employed in Persistent Surveillance Systems (PSS). Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan demonstrated an urgent requirement for a low-cost, responsive and persistent ISR system capable of elevating electronic payloads to an altitude of a few thousand feet above base camps, dispersed forces, convoys, and cleared roadways. These payloads offer advanced warning of incoming personnel or impending threats and are a proven cost-effective force multiplier in lieu of additional ground security. Since 2010 NASC has supported PSS systems for multiple DOD, and Government, Organizations as a standalone ISR platform or as a part of ISR systems integrated with unattended ground sensors as well as manned and unmanned airborne collection platforms. NASC Technicians build, acquire, test, validate, and deliver PSS with Avionics Sensor Packages, each consisting of one EO/IR sensor, one wide-area sensor, and one radar sensor hardware, and spare parts

As a prime PSS Contractor NASC has been coordinating engineering, procurement, assembly, testing, staffing, and OCONUS deployment of 60 PSS and over 400 personnel. The success of these programs demonstrates NASC's ability to recruit, train, and support the operators required for specific deployment operations.

NASC Operators identify and propose additional sensor development necessary for PSS based upon the tactical environment and feedback from Combatant Commanders. We perform extensive laboratory and/or CONUS-based acceptance, operational, and flight testing, engineering and technical support for the Demonstration, Test, and Evaluation of these system as well as modifications and upgrades. Support services include Aerostat Field Operators, forward deployed logistic personnel, Field Service Representatives, Technicians, and Instructors.

NASC's specific PSS expertise includes:

PGSS Aerostate over a FOB

Generated PGSS over a FOB

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PGSS Aerostate Taking Off

PGSS Aerostat Taking Off

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PGSS Aerostate and Crew

PGSS Aerostat & Crew

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Deployed Operations In Threat Environments

NASC operates the PSS system as an ISR collection suite to collect data for interpretation, dissemination and action. NASC operators are highly skilled in PSS and its subsystems for challenging, remote operations.

Program Management & Configuration Management

NASC provides PSS program management with planning, execution, monitoring, controlling and closing project processes. We continuously employ systems engineering processes for establishing and maintaining consistency by evaluating operational and performance matrixes.

PSS Engineering Support and Integration

Deployed aerostats are subject to destructive operating conditions. NASC operators work consistently to keep aerostats aloft and mission ready 24/7 by providing highly technical engineering services including maintenance, field repair, troubleshooting, advanced system analysis, and payload integration.

Logistics & Personnel Requirements

NASC logistics personnel package and deploy PSS equipment meeting all HAZMAT, DOD and export requirements from CONUS locations to multiple international operational detachments. Our employees receive all deployed training prerequisites including security clearances.

Sub System Maintenance & Spares Procurement

Experienced and knowledgeable NASC staff members perform field evaluations and on-site repairs with minimal to no mission loss at remote FOBs with assistance from our extensive vendor supply network.

PSS Training

PSS operators ensure safety 24/7 for mission operations and maintain battle space superiority and situational awareness. Training conducted by NASC instructors ensure contractors, DoD, or government representatives exceed operational proficiencies to achieve deployed mission objectives. All NASC PSS Instructors are previously deployed operators capable of teaching multiple aerostat platforms and sensor payloads. They also receive vendor certifications on software, hardware, equipment, and payload systems.